"Genuinely brilliant expertise wedded to a caring and thoughtful approach that makes it truly peerless"

- Legal 500

We are a specialist family law firm with an enviable reputation for dealing with all aspects of separation, divorce, civil partnerships, nuptial agreements and children issues.

Our experience and outstanding client service is recognised with consistent top rankings for family law in the North in the respected legal guides Legal 500 and Chambers UK.  The latter describes Silk Family Law as “worthy of national recognition”. Operating from offices in the heart of Newcastle city centre, in the tranquil surroundings of Aske Stables, on the Zetland Estate, North Yorkshire (close to the A1) and on Park Row, Leeds, we also see clients in consulting rooms in York and London.

Services we offer...

Divorce & Separation

Going through separation or divorce can be incredibly painful and the practical and financial consequences far-reaching.

Nuptial Agreements & Asset Protection

If you and your partner enter into a pre- or post-nuptial agreement, you can determine in advance how your assets will be shared should you separate.


Disagreement can occur when it comes to making decisions about the future arrangements for children.


Statistics show that cohabiting couples are also far more likely to separate than those who are married.

Financial Provision

The resolution of financial issues upon divorce can often be complex, requiring an understanding of accounts, pensions, trusts and tax issues.

Injunctions & Emergency Relief

We act swiftly and decisively to obtain protection against domestic violence, the removal of children from the jurisdiction and the dissipation of financial assets.

Civil Partnerships

The dissolution of Civil Partnerships can raise difficult legal issue which we can help to resolve.

Inheritance Claims

Our specialist team has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in advising on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

In-house Family Law Barrister

Silk is the only boutique family law firm in the North of England with an in-house family law barrister.

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The tax law that is catching separating and divorcing couples out – and how this law will soon be changing

Navigating the complex area of tax when transferring assets between couples on divorce is something that myself and the team of family lawyers here a...

Separation and divorce: avoiding the pitfalls of complex tax issues

As many people will have paid their tax by the 31 January deadline, I think it timely to look at issues relating to tax arising on separation and div...

What is mediation and how can it help families resolve disputes?

What is mediation? Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution, which is an alternative to Court proceedings. Mediation is voluntary a...

Legal and practical advice and support for separating couples

As the out of office goes on for the Christmas break, we hope that all our friends, colleagues, clients, collaborators and blog readers are looking f...

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Family Mediation Week 2022

Family Mediation Week (17 to 21 January 2022) is an annual campaign organised by The Family Mediation Council to raise awareness of family mediation a...